Stereo Shelf

I bought a stereo and the speakers were bigger than the ones I’d planned to get – so I built a cabinet/shelf for them.

The cabinet was specifically designed to:

  • be cheap & easy
  • be stable & well-balanced
  • have a small footprint, and be invisible
  • provide access to cables for the TV
  • allow airflow over the TV to prevent overheating

It was cut from a single sheet of 900 x 600 x 9 plywood. All joints are glued butt joints with the butt surfaces oriented vertically, so that the glue takes almost no load.

There were a few thicknesses of plywood available so I made up a quick model in solidworks (with the thickness as a variable) and ran an FEA based on the speaker weight plus a bit extra – solidworks FEA isn’t the most accurate but it was good enough to check my numbers. The first set of results weren’t great so I added gussets below the top shelf:

The gussets brought the max deflection down to ~100 micron which is probably overkill!

In total, the project took an hour of planning, $15 of timber and paint, and a few afternoons of work. Overall a success!

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